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Helen Hunt's Cool Sexual Healing in 'The Sessions'

Helen Hunt, the Oscar winning actress for the 1997 film, "As Good as It Gets," has never been afraid to take chances. Now, she's scored another acting breakthrough in her latest film, "The Sessions," which required full-frontal nude scenes.

Helen Hunt, the Oscar winning actress for the 1997 film, “As Good as It Gets,” has never been afraid to take chances. Now, she’s scored another acting breakthrough in her latest film, “The Sessions,” which required full-frontal nude scenes.

Hunt, 49, is up for a slew of awards for her role as a Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a sex surrogate hired by a man paralyzed by polio (John Hawkes) to take his virginity.

The film is based on the true story of Mark O’Brien, a journalist and poet who was paralyzed neck down by polio as a child.

At 38, he hired sex surrogate Greene to help him lose his virginity. O’Brien died in 1999 at 49.

Helen Hunt’s Bold Sexuality

It was a breakout hit at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won two awards. Fox Searchlight Pictures picked up distribution rights for a hefty $6 million. In retrospect, the price seems well worth it.

So far, Hunt’s been nominated for a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor and is an odds-on favorite to get an Oscar nomination.

Both she and Hawkes drew raves from critics. “Hunt’s performance may be physically bold but is equally marked by its maturity and composure,” wrote Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter.

Indeed, at 49, Hunt is ravishing. Check out her photos, the trailer below and be sure to follow EssCurve on Twitter for the latest updates on the most beautiful women in the world.

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